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About the Fund

History

The Abbot Academy Association, Inc., was established with one million dollars from Abbot Academy's unrestricted funds in June 1973, as part of the merger agreement between Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy. The organization operates as an internal foundation with its own board of directors. Its goal is to preserve the history, standards, tradition and name of Abbot Academy by funding new educational ventures at the combined school.

In May, 2017, the board of directors voted to recognize the organization by a new name - Abbot Academy Fund - in order to better reflect its mission.

A few examples of recent support include: funding for the Andover Institute, CPR/AED classes for members of the PA community, Community Garden, Equipment for Drumline, Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning pilot program, Bat Houses in the Sanctuary.  (A complete list of grants can be viewed on another page of this website.) 

Program

Income from the Abbot Academy Fund is used to provide initial funding for projects consistent with the traditions and ideals of Abbot Academy and the current needs of Phillips Academy. The Fund seeks to support the fullest realization of co-education. Its concern is the nourishment of the individual's potential within a residential academic community. Grants are made in the following general areas:

  • Exploratory approaches to education, particularly in the realm of human behavior;
  • Studies in the learning and development processes of youth;
  • Social and recreational opportunities for students not otherwise provided for, particularly in sports, the creative arts, music, drama, and the humanities;
  • Opportunities for increased informal communication among and between students, faculty, administration, and community;
  • Such other projects as may benefit the quality of life at Phillips Academy; and/or heighten the impact and reputation of Phillips Academy across the nation and around the world. 

Awards

Funding is limited to projects undertaken for the benefit of Phillips Academy and consistent with the goals of the Fund. A single project will not be funded for more than three years.

Eligibility

Faculty, administrators, staff and students of Phillips Academy are eligible; students must apply along with a faculty sponsor.  

Selection Procedure 

Grants are made twice annually. Applications are reviewed by the directors of the Fund in consultation with the administration of Phillips Academy. The board favors proposals that show careful planning and a precise budget.


Phillips Academy's first class, in 1778, enrolled 13 boys.

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